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vying

[vahy-ing] /ˈvaɪ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
competing; contending:
All vying swimmers come to the judge's desk.
verb
2.
present participle of vie.
Origin of vying
vie + -ing2
Related forms
vyingly, adverb
unvying, adjective

vie

[vahy] /vaɪ/
verb (used without object), vied, vying.
1.
to strive in competition or rivalry with another; contend for superiority:
Swimmers from many nations were vying for the title.
verb (used with object), vied, vying.
2.
Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
3.
Obsolete. to stake in card playing.
Origin
1525-35; by aphesis < Middle French envier to raise the stake (at cards), Old French: to challenge, provoke < Latin invītāre to entertain, invite
Related forms
vier, noun
outvie, verb (used with object), outvied, outvying.
Synonyms
1. compete, contest, struggle.
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  • vying with him in an almost jealous rivalry to appear by the Master's side, stood the beautiful Alcibiades.

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg
  • Far from that, her rivals were vying with each other in their strivings to maintain peace.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • I slept soundly, vying in the profundity of slumber with the immortal seven, till late in the morning.

    The Captive in Patagonia Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  • That everybody was vying with everybody else in making love to him he could not help observing.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • Her moods were endless, vying with one another in an ever undetermined struggle for the prize of greatest charm.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for vying

vying

/ˈvaɪɪŋ/
verb
1.
the present participle of vie
adjective
2.
competing: two vying patriarchs

vie

/vaɪ/
verb vies, vying, vied
1.
(intransitive; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
2.
(transitive) (archaic) to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
Derived Forms
vier, noun
vying, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite
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Word Origin and History for vying

vie

v.

1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).

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Related Abbreviations for vying

VIE

Schwechat Airport (Vienna, Austria)
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